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Old 05-10-2015, 09:06 AM
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Considering an upgrade from my 17.5 Reedy Sonic Mach 2 and I really don't know much about the many companies that sell motors.

My primary interest is in the 17.5, 21.5 and the 25.5 motors, but there are so many makers that it's a ball of confusion trying to sift through the data....and to know what data is fact and what is fantasy.

So, with that, can you provide your experiences and results so those of us still confused can get some advice from those in the know?

Thanks in advance,
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Considering an upgrade from my 17.5 Reedy Sonic Mach 2 and I really don't know much about the many companies that sell motors.

My primary interest is in the 17.5, 21.5 and the 25.5 motors, but there are so many makers that it's a ball of confusion trying to sift through the data....and to know what data is fact and what is fantasy.

So, with that, can you provide your experiences and results so those of us still confused can get some advice from those in the know?

Thanks in advance,
As far as 25.5 motors, stick with Novak, then you will be legal for any USVTA racing.

If you are looking for best "Bang for your Buck", the Trackstar motors are the way to go.
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The Trinity D4 1s versions of the 17.5 and 21.5 are the fastest up here in Canada. The R1wurks are supposed to be fast, just ordered a couple to try out. Can't help you about the 25.5 we don't run them up here.
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The Trackstars cannot be beat at their price level. They seem to really shine for some applications by manually grinding the plate to get a few more degrees of timing out of them (not sure if that's even legal?).


TeamScream motors are what I'm currently using for 21.5 and 17.5, I haven't come across anyone on the track with more horsepower. They are tailored for your chassis type but there is usually a wait involved because they are in high demand and each one is custom built.

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If money is no object, the Trinity short stack and Fantom motors are good.
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Trinity by far makes the fastest 17.5s and the fantom and team scream tuning make them even better. I also run reedy 21.5 and 25.5 motors they are bad fast but my 25.5 is not legal for USVTA locally as it isn't a novak but ive burnt up every novak ive ever bought so im done running them.
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R1 is very good but price is very high. people have good results with team powers and they are not pricy either. d4 short stack looks pretty good on track too. It seems the new generation of motors with shorter stacks are what people prefer these days for tc. I think the wider power band of these motors are making them stand out. Older motors still have some edge in low rpm torque department but falls short in higher rpm. But in general, I find any 17.5 even older ones like reedy sonic is still competitive in the right hands so I personally don't worry too much about it.
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Tsr makes their own motor, they no longer tune others motors. But i can see for the Meer mortals in the rc world. TSR offers anyone a sweet motor, to say the least.
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R1 motor is the best
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I have one of the Trinity D4 "certified" 17.5 motors. By far the fastest at my track. If only my driving could do it justice...
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I have been very happy with this motor. It stays cool even if I have it geared at 3.5 FDR in my TC. The best part of all is that it costs 1/3 the price of all the other "hot new motors" in the market. It is also ROAR approved.



www.hobbyking.com/TrackStar_17_5T_Brushless_Motor
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21.5T and 17.5T D4 1s, R1 Wurks, and Team Power Actinium are all very good motors.

All have very small pros and cons that you will need to work out to get the best out of each motor.
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Feeling less confused . The thing you should take away from all these replies is you want a short stack motor; period. If you want to spend the extra a certified can give you an extra tenth so long as you stay clean 99% of the run. I'm running a D4, and have seen the R1 and team scream on the track, all three are fast.
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I think team powers are really good, even with the timing all the way to max it doesn't overheat... It's hard to find but sure you'll find these on ebay and price is pretty reasonable.
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Fantom short stack with great support from Fantom!
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